Surfing big guns back for clubs
BYRON BAY and Lennox- Ballina will be bolstered by the inclusion of Stu Kennedy, Adam Melling and Matt Wilkinson at the Australian Boardriders Battle next month.
Le-Ba is one of five teams to recieve a wildcard into the national finals after missing out on a top three finish in the qualifying round at Yamba in October.
Kennedy and Melling will form a strong Le-Ba outfit with the likes of Marcus Aboody and James Wood.
Byron Bay could be the team to watch with the addition of Wilkinson and former world No 3 Danny Wills already on deck.
Wilkinson now lives at Byron and finished fifth in his first full year as a professionial on the World Surf League.
The Australian Board- riders Battle Series involves more than 60 of Australia's best boardriding clubs in eight state qualifying rounds with the final at Newcastle on February 18-19. The winning club gets $20,000 and an overseas trip.
Meanwhile, a handful of Far North Coast surfers are competing the Carve Pro in the Qualifying Series at Maroubra in Sydney.
Byron Bay's Kyuss King and Evans Head surfer Callum Robson both won their opening round heats.
King went on to win his next heat while Luke Condon, Zak Condon, Jack Murray Zac Wightman and Robson were eliminated in the second round.
King, 16, is one of the youngest in the field with former Lennox surfer Mikey Wright also advancing.
"It's cool to be surfing in a QS (Qualifying Series) with all the older guys; I still do the junior events so this is a cool experience,” King said
"I try to prep for my heats as I do in a junior event. I just keep an eye on the surf, surf a lot and relax.”